Anybody know what this might mean? Horse sticks his neck way
out, long and low, and twists his head to the side, and opens
his mouth and wiggles his jaw around. Does it at liberty a
tiny bit, in hand a bit more, on the lunge a bit more, and under
saddle a lot, and more when in the bridle than when in the halter,
but he does do it in the halter. I'm guessing mouth/teeth issue,
or neck/spine issue. He doesn't have any detectable back soreness
and in fact doesn't seem to be sore anywhere from poll to tail.
I've stuck my fingers in his mouth as has the trainer and we both
feel like his teeth are OK to so-so as far as regular floating
concerns, but maybe he's got some other more sinister tooth
problem, or horsey TMJ...
I don't think it's fitness/conditioning related... He's in
pretty good shape for the light work he's been doing - w/t/c
4 to 5 days per week with maybe 10-15 minutes at the trot and
15-25 at the lope, the rest at the walk for a total of 50 or
He just started it today. He can do it at the lope, and it
looks dang funny to see a horse loping with his neck super
long and low and his head sideways. He will quit when asked
to bring his nose back in and doesn't get upset or mad - just
tries again later. He won't try to take the reins away from
his rider to do it; he just does it when he's on a loose rein.
Anyway, the vet is closed for T-day, and is scheduled to come
out on Dec 1 for floating. I'm thinking this can wait until
then, but in the meantime, anybody have any guesses? He is
the one with the old knee injury but he's not lame and is not
sore when palpating it.